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23.04.09

The photograph of Brenin and Nina of a few blogs back is a depiction of a dog and a wolf (or wolf-dog) cavorting together on a windswept and deserted Atlantic storm beach. If you take seriously what I said in the previous blog, you might also think of it as a depiction of happiness. But what is most important about the picture, at least for me, is not what it depicts or contains but what it neither depicts or contains. There is an absence - a raggedy absence - which you'll see if you turn your attention to the top right corner. When you're there, if you track left, you'll see some scratches and indentations. What is this raggedy absence? What does it signify? It is Tess, Brenin's daughter, announcing her presence even though she wasn't born on the day this photograph was taken. It is Tess saying, "I am here too'.

The question is, what does this have to do with memory? More to follow ...

Incidentally, my recent reflections on memory were inspired by one of life's more delciious ironies. I was recently sent a copy of the new Routledge Companion to the Philoosphy of Psychology, edited by John Symons and Francisco Calvo Garzon. I was sent a copy because I had written one of the chapters - the chapter on Memory. I couldn't, for the life of me, remember writing it.

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